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This Woman Is Doing Something Absolutely Remarkable To Honor Our Veterans

One woman in Florida is looking to give back in some small way. Well, actually, in a very, very large way.



Our veterans, active service members, and fallen warriors make up the strong backbone of our great country. There’s truly no way we as civilians can repay the tremendous debt we owe to the United States military.

One woman in Florida, however, is looking to give back in some small way. Well, actually, in a very, very large way.

Dawn Barker of Tampa gave herself an incredible goal that would utilize her talents and honor the country, and its military, that she loves so much.

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“One day it just started and I didn’t realize how big it was going to be,” Barker told FOX13. “I didn’t think that it would turn into this.”

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The big project Barker referred to is the absolutely massive American Flag she is knitting in honor of our troops.

The flag, which Barker says she started knitting about a year ago, is now an impressive 39 feet by 26 feet. The blue field of the flag alone measures 15 feet by 12 feet.

Barker’s amazing flag, which she hopes to donate to the Arlington National Cemetery when she finishes, has just one powerful motive behind it: to honor those who have served: “Everybody that has served and fought for us and died, it’s not for nothing.”

While most people who knit do so for fun or relaxation, Barker’s hobby is something so much more. Knitting the gargantuan flag has become the magnum opus of her life and is something that takes up nearly her every waking moment.

“This is just my contribution to America, that’s all it is,” Barker said, wiping tears from her eyes. “That’s all I’m trying to do.”


MUST SEE: Brave Alaskan Helps Baby Moose Navigate Highway Barrier

Normally, stories about moose on the highway don’t end this well.



Alaska is a state like no other.  It’s still a veritably untamed place, where the weather and the wildlife are both out to get you. It takes a special kind of person to hack it in America’s last frontier.  A simple run to the grocery store can be hazardous in some conditions, and just taking the garbage out at night may find you face-to-face with hundreds of pounds of brown bear. But ask any Alaskan what they hope to avoid the most, and many will tell you it’s the moose that you have to worry about. These creatures are simply enormous, and they have just enough of an attitude to be more than a nuisance when confronted.  Combine that with the fact that plenty of Alaskans are killed each year after automotive collisions with these gargantuan animals, and you have a real recipe for trouble. This week, however, a different sort of moose story made headlines, and with some adorable photos to show for it. Last week, pictures of a man in Alaska lifting a moose calf over a highway guardrail were posted on Facebook. According to Andrea N Salty Bock, who posted the pictures on Facebook, the calf and its mother were near Clam Gulch, on the Kenai Peninsula. The mother was apparently trying to get her baby to go over the guardrail, but it was too tall for the calf. “Traffic stopped to give her the room she needed,” the Facebook post said. “But the calf could not clear the guardrail.” The photos were captivating. Authorities, while thankful that the moose was able to continue on its way, warned that the situation was still a dangerous one, despite the size and age of this animal.

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VIRAL VIDEO: Hockey Fans Belt US National Anthem in Stirring Moment

The moment was simply magical.



For as much controversy as has been manufactured around the National Anthem, there is still nothing quite like witnessing a powerful rendition of a song that brings so many of us pride here in the United States. In the annals of sports history, there are but a few moments of anthemic joy that stand atop the list, with this author’s personal favorite being the incredibly salient and pointed version performed by Whitney Houston at the Super Bowl in 1991: Now, 30 years and some months later, another unforgettable anthem moment has arrived. Nassau Coliseum was roaring with energy Wednesday night as fans in attendance belted out the National Anthem before the New York Islanders Game 6 victory over the Boston Bruins in a viral moment that is sure to give anyone chills. Nicole Raviv regularly sings “The Star-Spangled Banner” before Isles games at the Coliseum but on Wednesday night she was overpowered by the crowd, even turning over the microphone to the fans. “My heart is full. The coliseum will forever have the best backup singers in the #NHL,” Raviv wrote on Twitter. A moment like this was made for social media, and it soon spread like wildfire. The fans were ready, however, after a microphone glitch forced them to join in on the anthem just two games earlier.

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